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  • Navigating Culture: From Accidental Insults to Cultural Understanding

    There was silence around the lunch table that I was sharing with my Brazilian host family at my host grandmother’s special birthday lunch. I looked down at the flowered tablecloth, confused and embarrassed, trying to figure out what had gone wrong in the conversation leading up to this uncomfortable pause. My host grandmother had asked a simple question, how I liked school, and I had answered as enthusiastically as I could with my brand new Portuguese language skills. ‘I really like school and my new friends, Grandmother!’ Now everyone was staring at me and looked angry! What had I done?

  • Report: Hippo Water Rollers are Changing Lives in Madagascar

    Based on the original report by the Director of Conservation Fusion, Susie McGuire (image above)

    The dry, spiny forests of Madagascar receive very little rainfall and represent one of the most unique ecosystems of our planet. The lack of water in this area lends to a plethora of rare, adapted wildlife and poses challenges for local people to survive. The need for water requires innovative solutions to improve the livelihoods of the people who call this region home.

    When the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership (MBP) was launched in 2009 the average child in Lavavolo, Madagascar spent much of the day fetching water from a nearby well and few had the luxury of attending school. MBP has been working with the Lavavolo community in Madagascar and partnering with Conservation Fusion, an international NGO, to provide education and development focusing on water and agriculture and conservation.

    Read the full article at:

  • Major Victory for the Foothill-Yellow Legged Frogs

    SAVE THE FROGS! has stopped the City of San Francisco from destroying Foothill-Yellow Legged Frog habitat at Alameda Creek's Little Yosemite Canyon: After the city unlawfully failed to hear the appeal we registered with them on December 15th, 2014, SAVE THE FROGS! for the first time in our organizational history hired an environmental attorney to assist. On September 3rd, 2015 attorney Michael Graf sent the City a letter clearly describing the legal issues surrounding their proposed actions. On September 14th the City replied stating that it will not pursue its environmentally destructive plans at Little Yosemite - AND that they would refund the $521 we paid to register our appeal. 

    Learn all about our campaign to save Little Yosemite Canyon's frog habitat at:


    For the second year IACACT is non commercial partner of AidEx: AidEx is the leading international event for professionals in aid and development. Two annual events:
    the flagship conference and exhibition in Brussels (18-19 November) and 2 day Conference in Nairobi (September). AidEx encompasses a conference, exhibition, meeting areas, awards and workshops. Its fundamental aim is to engage the sector at every level and provide an annual forum for the visitors to meet, source, supply and learn.
    Over 2,000 professionals from the sector attend AidEx each year. The two-day programme of events has been specially designed with networking in mind for: donor agencies, government officials, diplomats, international organisations like the Red Crescent and Red Cross, the EU, NGOs, consultants, academics, suppliers and media outlets. Plus join AidEx at the FREE Networking Drinks reception in the evening of the first day of AidEx.
  • NewsStream - How to Build a Low-Carbon Future

    Bad Student: Has the World Bank Learned Its Lessons?

    As a veteran of 18 World Bank meetings, our Policy Analyst Josh Klemm has learned to temper his expectations that the Bank will learn its lessons about the environmental and social toll of its projects. Still, in Lima earlier this month, he was unprepared to hear Jorg Frieden, Swiss representative on the World Bank’s board, ignore this history altogether: “The World Bank should finance a lot more dams, so we can learn from our mistakes and make them even better in the future.” Read Josh’s reflections on this moment and more.


    Taking Stock of Africa's PIDA Development Plan 

    Africa’s experiencing an energy crisis of epic proportions: Less than one third of Sub-Saharan Africa has access to electricity. The Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) aims to change that with a series of projects that includes 13 dams. But are these dams the best solutions to Africa’s energy crisis? Read our Africa team’s detailed analysis of the proposed projects, and recommendations for how projects can better address the African energy poverty gap. 


  • Tailor-made for collaboration – meet SkyLIFE

    Last weekend, the UN met in New York City to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals. Partnerships were a key issue on the agenda. While effective collaboration can present a myriad of challenges, it is essential to achieving results. We spoke with AidEx exhibitor SkyLIFE, an organisation which develops aerial humanitarian relief delivery systems, about how the SDGs will impact their work and collaboration with NGOs.

    A key element for the SDGs is the importance of impact and impact measurement. Tell us about how you’ve collaborated with an NGO to tackle this issue.

    By listening to our customers, who are primarily NGOs on the front lines of disaster relief efforts, we have been able to design more effective and efficient tools.

    For example, NGOs struggle to distribute information to local communities over large distances. Relief packs often include leaflets containing important information about what to do in emergency situations. However, in areas with high levels of illiteracy this is rather ineffective. To tackle the issue, we developed the LiveLeaf Audio Cardwhich can play back 90 seconds of audio recordings in any language or receive FM radio broadcasts. The messages can tell people where to go and what (or what NOT) to do in cases of emergency, or can simply explain how to use items included in the relief packs.

    We also learned that the NGOs had trouble gathering reliable information about whether or not their deliveries had been collected as intended. We integrated this feedback into the design of our audio cards so that, as well as distributing information, the cards can also be programmed to record the date, time and location that the packs were delivered and even picked up.

  • Save The Frogs Art Contest

    Amphibian populations worldwide are in the midst of a mass extinction crisis, yet most people are completely unaware! We need your help in getting the word out: we encourage all nature lovers to seek out their inner frog artist and participate in the SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest! People of all ages, nationalities, and skill levels are encouraged to enter the contest, and we hope all schools will draw frog art on Save The Frogs Day!

    The SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest invites you to create your coolest frog artwork. The contest will raise awareness of the amphibian extinction problem by getting people involved and interested, and the artwork will be used on t-shirts, stickers, posters, coffee mugs, hats, and in greeting cards and books, to both publicize our cause and raise money for SAVE THE FROGS! amphibian conservation efforts.

    Between 2009 and 2014 we received 12,590 frog art entries from 70 countries: Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Guyana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the USA. We look forward to receiving your entry!

  • US and China Agree to Halt Ivory Trade

    In a historic accord to save Africa’s elephants from out-of-control poaching, President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping agreed Friday to end commercial ivory sales in the United States and China.

    The announcement marks the first public commitment by President Xi to end ivory sales in China, the world’s largest market, and follows a pledge made by Chinese officials in May to phase out the domestic trade. It also puts heavy pressure on Hong Kong, a global hub for commercial ivory, to ban its legal trade — one that has provided cover for smuggling and illicit sales of ivory from African elephants poached in recent years. A recent survey found that over 90% of ivory sold in Hong Kong was being smuggled into mainland China. 

    A White House fact sheet released Friday confirms the agreement, full text below:  

    Wildlife Trafficking: The United States and China, recognizing the importance and urgency of combating wildlife trafficking, commit to take positive measures to address this global challenge. The United States and China commit to enact nearly complete bans on ivory import and export, including significant and timely restrictions on the import of ivory as hunting trophies, and to take significant and timely steps to halt the domestic commercial trade of ivory. The two sides decided to further cooperate in joint training, technical exchanges, information sharing, and public education on combating wildlife trafficking, and enhance international law enforcement cooperation in this field. The United States and China decided to cooperate with other nations in a comprehensive effort to combat wildlife trafficking.